PhD Scholarship- ARC Centre for Next-Gen Architectural Manufacturing

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 31 May 2024

  • Centre for Design Innovation
  • Fixed term, full-time position at our Hawthorn Campus
  • Stipend of $36,161 per annum over 3 years.

About the Scholarship
Swinburne is one of the nodes of Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Next-Gen Architectural Manufacturing, led by University of New South Wales. To meet critical sustainability goals, the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) sector needs to accelerate digital transformation processes.
We are looking for qualified applicants to join our diverse cohort of PhD researchers leading the change. At Arch_Manu, we are embarking on an ambitious program of industry-embedded research and training activities guided by our 6 objectives: to reduce the (1) carbon emissions, (2) resource consumption, and (3) waste production of the AEC sector, while delivering projects (4) on time, (5) on budget, and (6) for the benefit of the community.

 Arch_Manu is an exciting government-funded collaboration between academia (UNSW, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Adelaide), and Australia's leading architectural design/engineering practices and professional bodies. We have 1 PhD stipend scholarship on offer at the Swinburne University of Technology for an enthusiastic and motivated candidate to join our team of 25 PhD researchers as we embark on this important research. 

The PhD content sits within Analytics PhD Topic 5, supervised by Prof Marcus White and Prof Blair Kuys: How might architects employ new technology (Internet of Things, virtual reality, augmented reality, multiple realities, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning) to articulate their value proposition and contribution in a context of increased specialisation? 

This topic may include consideration of opportunities for leveraging AR/VR/IoT/MR/ML for performance analysis in Design for Fabrication.

As a PhD Candidate in our Centre, you will receive specialised training in innovative digital technologies that are shaping the future of the Architecture, Design, and Engineering industries. You will conduct collaborative, cutting-edge research on interconnected themes that will unlock the potential of new and existing data. You will have the opportunity to develop more effective workflows, tools, and software, and contribute to sector-directed educational content that will uplift the digital skills and commercial opportunities of Australian AEC. Crucially, you will be part of an interdisciplinary network of researchers working collaboratively on interconnected industry problems and challenges.

Further, you will have the unique opportunity to work closely with our industry partners in an embedded mode, based within their offices and collaborating with their project teams on various interdisciplinary research projects. Our industry partners (including renowned firms such as Architectus, Bollinger + Grohmann, Cox, Grimshaw, and Tzannes) will provide you with practical industry experience, exposure to world class projects, and opportunities for exciting employment prospects at PhD completion. 

You will also have access to domain experts in partnering international institutions (University College London, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia Barcelona, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen), and peak body organisations (Australian Institute of Architects, Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, Australian Consulting Architects, NSW Architects Registration Board) further enhancing your research and networking opportunities. 

The timeline for commencing your PhD varies, with multiple start dates available in 2024, allowing you to choose a timeline that fits your needs and availability. 

At Arch Manu, we understand that research is strengthened by diversity in perspectives, skills and lived experiences. With this in mind, we are striving to create an inclusive and representative cohort. We strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds no matter your race, culture, age, gender or ability.

Join us at the forefront of the digital transformation in the AEC sector, where you will have the opportunity to make a real impact, work with industry leaders, collaborate with fellow researchers, and contribute to cutting-edge research projects. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to be part of the next generation of leaders in shaping the future of architectural design and engineering through digitisation.  

Register your expression of interest now at this link* and unlock your potential! 

About you 
To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • Completed first-class honours undergraduate degree or Master’s degree with a thesis component and 80% or higher overall mark in design studio.
  • Expertise in a relevant discipline
  • Expertise in using advanced technology (may include Internet of Things, virtual reality, augmented reality, multiple realities, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning)
  • Proficient interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work within a diverse team.
  • A year or more AEC industry or research experience

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description. 

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

How to apply and further information
For application submission, please send your CV and cover letter addressing why you believe you are suitable for this position to [email protected] 

For further information about this position, contact Marcus White at [email protected] 

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Swinburne Talent Acquisition Team on [email protected]  

Applications Close: Friday 31st May 2024, at 11pm.

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Equity and Diversity 
Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact [email protected]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

For any support please contact [email protected] or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

As a signatory to Victoria’s Commitment to Action , Swinburne seeks to remove barriers to international graduate employment. We welcome and encourage applications from international graduates.  

(Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position)


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